Die Sabbati, Maii 3, 1645.
AN Ordinance, enabling the Members of both Houses,
that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to
grant Commissions to such Persons, as shall be recommended unto them from the Committee of Lords and Commons for the West, for the Service of the West, was this
Day read; and, upon the Question, passed; and ordered
to be sent to the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That Mr. Shuttleworth shall have Leave to
go into Lancashire, for his Health and Occasions.
IT is Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, in Parliament, That the Members of both Houses, being of the
Committee of both Kingdoms, or any Six of them (whereof
One Lord and Two Commoners to be present), shall have
Power, and are hereby authorized, to grant Commissions
to such Colonels, and such other inferior Officers, as shall
be recommended to them by the Committee of Lords and
Commons for the Western Associated Counties, for the
Service of That Association.
Upon Mr. Whittacre's Report from the Grand Committee of Religion;
It is Resolved, &c. That Power shall be given to the
Eldership of every Congregation, to examine any Person
complained of for such Matter of Scandal as is passed by
Vote of this House; and, upon Confession of the Party
before the Eldership to have committed such an Offence,
to suspend That Person from the Sacrament of the Lord's
Supper, pro tempore.
Resolved, &c. That the Eldership of every Congregation shall have Power to suspend any Person from the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, that is lawfully convicted
of any Matter of Scandal, passed by Vote of this House.
Resolved, &c. That the Cognizance and Examination
of any capital Offence shall be by the Magistrate thereunto
appointed by the Law of the Kingdom: Who, if he shall
commit the Party questioned to Prison, or secure him or
her by Bail, he shall thereof make Certificate unto the
Eldership of the Congregation where he or she did last reside, or to any other neighbouring Eldership: Who shall
thereupon have Power to suspend the Party from the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.
Ordered, That it be referred to Mr. Rous and Mr. Tate,
to prepare an Answer to the Paper from the Commissioners of the Church of Scotland, touching the Proceedings of
the Houses in the Points of Church-Government; and to
draw out all the Votes that have passed, touching the Government of the Church.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth approve of the Exchange of Mr. Lee of Adlington, Prisoner to the Parliament,
for Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Rigby, Prisoner to the
King's Forces, at Latham-House in Lancashire.
Ordered, That Mr. Rigby be hereby injoined to put in
Suit, for the Advantage of the Publick, the Bond entered
into by Sir Bevis Thelwall, for not performing the Condition thereupon, touching the Inlargement of Mr. Alexander Rigby, eldest Son of the said Mr. Rigby; and to do
all Acts for the speedy Recovering of the same.
An Ordinance for the Raising of Monies for Payment of
the Forces in the County of Derby, by a monthly Assessment, &c. was this Day read the Second time; and, upon
the Question, committed unto the Committee for the
Mr. Nicoll carried to the Lords, for their Concurrence,
the Ordinances for discharging the Vintners; for prohibiting the Importation of Whale-Oil, &c.; for Payment of
Four hundred Pounds, upon Account, to the Commissioners appointed to reside in the Army; for referring the
Paper Yesterday presented by the States Ambassador:
The Order concerning Four hundred and Ninety Pounds
out of Haberdashers-Hall, formerly assigned to Mr. Frost,
for the Service of the Publick, and since disposed of: The
Order for enabling the Members of both Houses, that are
of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to grant Commissions to such Persons, as shall be recommended from the
Committee of the West, for the Service of the West: The
Order for the Committee of the Militia to pay the Three
Months Arrears to Colonel Herriott Washbourne's Troop
Mr. Wallopp reported, from the Committee of both
Kingdoms, the Propositions presented to That Committee, concerning the Defence of the Isle of Elye.
A Letter from the Committee at Elye, of April the
26th 1645, concerning the Government of that Island,
was this Day read.
Sir Peter Wentworth reported from the Committee of
Lords and Commons, appointed to consider of the nominating to Military Commands, vacated by the Ordinance
for discharging the Members, to whom it was referred to
consider of, and nominate a Governor for the Isle of Ely;
That the Committee had considered of that Reference;
and unanimously agreed upon, and nominated Colonel
Francis Russell to be Governor of the Isle of Ely.
A Note under Colonel Francis Russell's own Hand,
affirming, That he had twice taken the Covenant, was this
Resolved, &c. That he that shall be Governor of the
Isle of Elye, shall be ordered and directed by such Committee, as shall be appointed by both Houses.
Resolved, &c. That Colonel Francis Russell shall be Governor of the Isle of Elye.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired in these Votes.
Ordered, That Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Ellis be added to
Sir Anthony Irby, for bringing in the Ordinances concerning the Isle of Ely and Croyland.
A Message from the Lords, by Doctor Aylett and
That the Lords had commanded them to deliver to the
House Two Letters; one to the Earl of Leven, touching
the Advance of the Scotts Army Southward; the other to
be sent to the Committee in the North, for the Delivery
of the said Letter to the Earl of Leven: To both which
the Lords had agreed; and desired the Concurrence of this
House: Also a Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms, touching the Inlargement of Sir William Riddall
and Sir John Henderson: To which the Lords had agreed;
and desired the Concurrence of this House.
Ordered, That Sir Philip Stapleton and Mr. Wallop
do, from this House, represent to the Scotts Commissioners, That, in regard Sir William Riddall, before the Reddition of Newcastle, was excepted, by Ordinance of Parliament; that, since the Reddition of Newcastle, there have
been Meetings of dangerous Persons, and Malignants, wearing their Arms, whereof Sir William Riddall was one;
and that he is a known Recusant, and so ought to be liable
to the Laws of this Kingdom; How unsafe it may be at
this time to set him at Liberty.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Members of both
Houses, that are of the Committee of both Kingdoms, to
write a Letter, to be sent to the King of Denmarke (to
give him Reasons, and to satisfy him, Why Sir John
Henderson is detained, and not set at Liberty), by the next
Post: And Sir Philip Stapleton and Mr. Crewe are to take
care of the Writing, and Dispatching of this Letter.
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That the
House had taken the Message from the Lords into Consideration: And, as to the Two Letters to be sent to General Leven, and to the Committee, they have agreed:
And, as to the Report from the Committee of both Kingdoms, touching the Inlargement of Sir Wm. Riddall and
Sir John Henderson, they will send Answer by Messengers
of their own.
Resolved, That the Members of both Houses, that are
of the Committee of both Kingdoms, shall have Power to
receive such Messages and Trumpets, as come from Oxford, or any other the King's Quarters; and to give them
It is further Ordered, That the Trumpets now in Town
shall be sent thither this Afternoon: And that the said
Committee do take care for Satisfying of such Monies as
have been expended for their Maintenance.
Ordered, That the several Messages, sent from the Lords
Yesterday, by Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath, shall be
taken into Consideration on Wednesday Morning.
Ordered, That the Propositions, reported by Mr. Wallop this Day, from the Committee of both Kingdoms, concerning the Isle of Ely, shall be taken into Consideration
on Tuesday Morning.